Darnell Eugene Farrier, accused of fatally shooting one man and injuring another in September, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court.
Farrier, 29, who was indicted by a grand jury in November, pleaded not guilty to murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, marijuana possession and being a persistent felon.
Jerry Wayne Waugh, 29, and Jerrod Vice, 27, both of Paris, were shot in the head Sept. 19. Waugh died from his injuries.
The victims were found in a car stopped in the middle of Kenton Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets. Vice identified Farrier as the person who shot him and Waugh.
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Vice told police he was meeting with Farrier, whom he knew as "D," to sell him drugs, according to court documents. Farrier entered the car, immediately shot Waugh, then demanded money and a cell phone from Vice, according to court documents. After Vice complied, Farrier shot him and fled, Vice told authorities.
Farrier's attorney, Craig Newbern, has said the shootings were "a self-defense matter" and Vice's story contained inconsistencies.
On Thursday, Newbern told Judge Ernesto Scorsone that he did not think Farrier was a flight risk and asked that his client's $287,000 bond be reduced.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Andrea Williams argued that Farrier's case was eligible for the death penalty and that Farrier had been charged with other crimes in Ohio.
Scorsone denied Newbern's request.
Other hearings in the case will be held in January.